Our leaders spend so much time trying to seem folksy and down-to-earth that it’s easy to forget that, in many ways, their lives are nothing like ours. Case in point: Hillary Clinton’s recent admission that she hasn’t driven a car in 18 years.
It is possible to view the prospect of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with concern, even horror. It is also possible to admire the drive and single-mindedness the emirate has shown in pursuing its dream to host the tournament. This dream – to use a word used prominently in Qatar’s promotional campaign – is nothing less than the stunning, self-willed transformation of a micro-state (it’s smaller than Connecticut) that was under British rule until 1971, when its population was less than 100,000 (it’s close to 2 million now). Qataris were mocked by their neighbors as backward desert-dwellers, barely settled nomads with no culture. Continue reading Qatar and it’s readiness to host 2022 FIFA World Cup→